Utahns in baseball: C.J. Cron hits first career MLB homer; former BYU slugger Matt Carson catches fire in Columbus

Published: Sunday, May 11 2014 11:45 p.m. MDT

Los Angeles Angels' C.J. Cron, right, is congratulated by Chris Iannetta after hitting a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Saturday, May 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Chris Young, AP

University of Utah alumnus C.J Cron continues to impress in the majors, as he crushed his first career home run Saturday afternoon, helping lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3.

Cron went 2-for-5 in the series and 5-for-15 during the week. He's batting .417 in seven games for the Angels this season.

However, Cron isn't the only baseball player with Utah ties to have a successful week in the pros.

BYU alumnus Matt Carson had a big week for Triple-A Columbus, going 11-for-20 on the week, with two home runs, three doubles, six RBIs and 10 runs scored in six games.

Carson went 3-for-3, with a home run and 4 RBIs in Columbus's 6-4 win over Rochester on Monday. Carson, who entered last week batting .256, upped his batting average to .316 on the season with the big week.

In Double-A action, Spanish Fork High School product Tyson Brummett went 1-1 with a 1.32 ERA in two starts for Chattanooga over the week.

Meanwhile, in Single-A ball, Pine View High alum Marcus Littlewood made headlines with a grand slam that capped a 16-run deficit for his Clinton ball club. The LumberKings trailed 17-1 headed into the sixth inning, but Littlewood's grand slam forced extra innings. Clinton went on to win the game, 20-17.

Bingham High School product Brady Lail went 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA over the week in two starts. Lail allowed six hits and two runs in five innings, leading Charleston past Delmarva, 4-3.

He then allowed just four hits and one unearned run in the RiverDogs’ 3-1 victory over Savannah Sunday, striking out nine batters in the win.

In transaction news, the Los Angeles Dodgers optioned Utah alum back to Triple-A Albuquerque; Double-A Birmingham placed Judge Memorial High School alum Keenyn Walker on the seven-day disabled list.

MLB

John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Seattle Mariners: One hit in seven at-bats during the week. The catcher went 0-for-3 in Seattle’s 2-0 loss at Oakland on Wednesday and 1-for-4 with a single in the Mariners’ 3-1 victory over Kansas City on Saturday.

Buck is batting .259 in 27 at-bats, with one RBI on the season.

C.J. Cron (Utah), Los Angeles Angels: Five hits, one home run, two doubles and three RBIs in 15 at-bats during the week. Cron hit his first career major league home run on Saturday, launching a solo shot to left center in Los Angeles’ 4-3 win at Toronto.

Cron is batting .417 with one home run, five RBIs and two runs scored in 24 at-bats since being promoted to the majors on May 3.

Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: 0-0, 5.68 ERA in two combined starts over the week. Guthrie fired eight innings of one run at San Diego ball on Tuesday, picking up a no-decision in the Royals’ 3-1 extra innings victory. Guthrie allowed just four hits in the outing.

The BYU alum was knocked out early in his start at Seattle on Sunday, allowing eight hits and seven earned runs at in 4 2/3 innings. Kansas City bounced back to win the game 9-7, and Guthrie did not factor in the decision.

He remains 2-2 on the season, with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP (walks and hits allowed per inning).

Triple-A

Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): 11 hits, two home runs, three doubles, six RBIs and 10 runs scored in 20-bats over the week. The former Cougar had a big night for Columbus on Monday against Rochester, going 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBIs and two runs, finishing a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. He followed it by going 2-for-3 with another home run and two runs scored on Tuesday.

Carson is now batting .316 on the season, with three home runs, 13 RBIs and 22 runs scored. However, has hit his stride of late. The right fielder is batting .433 over the past 10 games. He’s also hit two home runs, while driving in seven runs and scoring 11 more in that span.

Stephen Fife (Utah), Albuquerque (Los Angeles Dodgers): Allowed six hits and two runs in three innings, picking up a no-decision in the Isotopes’ 8-4 win at El Paso on Saturday.

The Ute alum was sent back down to Albuquerque on Monday after making a spot start in the Dodgers’ rotation last Sunday.

Brandon Lyon (Taylorsville H.S.), Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): Allowed five hits, one walk and one run in 3 1/3 innings in four separate appearances throughout the week. Lyon allowed three hits and a run, picking up a loss in the Bees’ 6-5 loss at Sacramento on Sunday.

The righty is 0-4 on the season, but boasts a 2.40 ERA in 17 appearances this season.

Double-A

Tyson Brummett (Spanish Fork H.S.), Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 1-1, 1.32 ERA in two starts during the week for the Lookouts. The righty fired seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and striking out four, as Chattanooga defeated Pensacola 7-3 on Tuesday.

Brummett then allowed five hits and three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings Sunday, picking up a loss in the Lookouts’ 4-2 defeat at the hands of Huntsville.

Brummett is now 3-3 on the season, with a 0.83 ERA in seven starts with Chattanooga. Opposing hitters are batting just .198 against him.

Parker Morin (Utah), Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City Royals): Five hits, one double and two RBIs in 16 at-bats during the week. The catcher went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in the Naturals’ 9-1 victory over Springfield on Friday.

Morin is batting just .235 over his last 10 games, but went 5-for-9 at the plate in his last two games.

Matt Neil (BYU), Montgomery (Tampa Bay Rays): Allowed five hits and two runs in three innings, as the Biscuits picked up a 6-3 loss at Mississippi on Saturday.

Montgomery is now 1-2 on the season, with a 7.64 ERA. He’s 0-2 in three starts with a 10.45 ERA since moving into Montgomery’s starting rotation on April 28.

Braeden Schlehuber (Viewmont H.S.), Mississippi (Atlanta Braves): Four hits, one double, one RBI and one runs in 12 at-bats during the week. Schlehuber went 3-for-5 at the plate on Wednesday, helping the Braves past Mobile 5-3.

He’s batting .224 on the season, with two home runs and seven RBIs.

Matt Spring (Dixie State), Portland (Boston Red Sox): One hit and three RBIs in seven at-bats over the week. Spring drove in three runs in the Sea Dogs’ 13-12 win over New Hampshire on Sunday, hitting a key sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 12. The sac fly happened in the middle of a 4-run rally, in which Portland overcame a 12-9 deficit entering the final inning.

Keenyn Walker (Judge Memorial H.S.), Birmingham (Chicago White Sox): Placed on 7-Day disabled list. Batting .143 in 19 games. Walker last played on May 4.

Single-A

Chris Capper (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): Remains on the 7-Day disabled list. Has yet to appear in a game with the Silver Hawks this season.

Taylor Cole (BYU), Dunedin (Toronto Blue Jays): Allowed eight hits and three runs (two earned) in the Blue Jays’ 6-3 victory over Clearwater on Wednesday. Cole struck out four batters in the win — a season low for him.

The righty is 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA for Dunedin.

Jake Hannemann (BYU), Kane County (Chicago Cubs): Six hits, two RBIs and five runs scored in 22 at-bats over the week. The former BYU star also stole two bases.

Hannemann’s big performance on the week came in Kane County’s 2-1 win over Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, where he went 3-for-4 at the dish and finished a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.

Adam Law (BYU), Ogden (Los Angeles Dodgers): Did not play this past week.

Brady Lail (Bingham H.S.), Charleston (New York Yankees): 2-0, 1.64 ERA in two combined starts over the week. Lail allowed six hits and two runs in five innings, leading Charleston past Delmarva, 4-3.

The South Jordan native then allowed just four hits and one unearned run in the RiverDogs’ 3-1 victory over Savannah Sunday afternoon. Lail struck out nine batters in the win.

Lail is 5-1 with a 3.35 ERA in seven starts this season. He also has 33 strikeouts to just six walks in 37 2/3 innings.

Marcus Littlewood (Pine View H.S.), Clinton (Seattle Mariners): Two hits, one home run, four RBIs and three runs scored in 14 at-bats during the week. Though Littlewood only picked up two hits during the week, one was a grand slam that capped a miraculous 16-run comeback over Burlington on Wednesday.

The catcher is batting .341 on the year, with three home runs, 19 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

Adam Miller (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): Allowed five hits and four walks, while striking out three batters in five shutout innings during the Silver Hawks’ 9-7 win over Great Lakes on Friday.

Miller is 3-0, with a 2.67 ERA in seven starts with South Bend this year.

Tyler Wagner (Utah), Brevard County (Milwaukee Brewers): Allowed six hits, one walk and two runs in a 4-2 loss to Clearwater on Tuesday. The loss was Wagner’s first defeat of the season. The former Ute is 3-1 on the year, with a 2.03 ERA.

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